Lincoln - Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini met the media on Tuesday at Memorial Stadium to discuss the No. 21 Huskers' upcoming showdown with No. 3 Texas in the Big 12 Championship Game in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday.
Kickoff between Nebraska (9-3, 6-2 Big 12 North Champion) and Texas (12-0, 8-0 Big 12 South Champion) is set for shortly after 7 p.m. at Cowboys Stadium with live national television coverage by ABC.
Pelini said facing Texas presents a great challenge and opportunity for the Huskers.
“It takes your absolute best effort to win any game. We know we’re playing a good football team. We’re going to have to play well in all phases," Pelini said. "They’re well-coached in all phases. They’re a very talented football team. It will be a great challenge for our football team.”
Pelini also said he was proud of the strides Nebraska's defense has made in his two seasons as the Huskers' head coach. On Tuesday, four Husker Blackshirts earned first-team All-Big 12 honors, led by Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Ndamukong Suh.
“I’m proud of how far we have come on defense. We’ve come a long way in a relatively short period of time. It’s nice to see that our guys were recognized for it," Pelini said. "It’s been a lot of hard work and perseverance by that group, by the whole group. I’m talking about everybody on defense, not just the guys that got recognized with first-team honors. We’ve come a long way.”
For complete transcripts of Pelini's session with the media, and for quotes from Nebraska players, please click on the links below: